Former India captain and current Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President Sourav Ganguly slammed critics for charging allegations of Conflict of Interest against him.
All this started after Delhi Capitals skipper Shreyas Iyer had spoken about the contribution of the head coach Ricky Ponting and Sourav Ganguly in helping him evolve as a player. Ganguly was the mentor of the DC team last year.
However, Iyer’s comments before the start of his side’s first game against Kings XI Punjab in this year’s IPL raised a few eyebrows. Many also alleged Ganguly of conflict of interest of being with an IPL team while he is the BCCI President.
“I helped him (Iyer) last year. I may be the Board president, but don’t forget that I’ve played 500 matches (424 matches) for India, so I can speak to a young player and help him, be it, Shreyas Iyer or Virat Kohli. If they want help, I can,” said the 48-year old during a promotional event.
Shreyas Iyer’s clarification
Even Shreyas Iyer had cleared the air earlier after he understood about a possible controversy after taking Sourav Ganguly’s name. While the DC captain didn’t say anything directly, but the tweet cleared that his words were related to conflict of interest only.
Iyer wrote: “As a young captain, I am thankful to Ricky and Dada for being a part of my journey as a cricketer and captain last season.
My comment yesterday was to emphasise my gratitude towards the role they both have played in my personal growth as a captain.”
As a young captain, I am thankful to Ricky and Dada for being a part of my journey as a cricketer and captain last season.
My comment yesterday was to emphasise my gratitude towards the role they both have played in my personal growth as a captain.
— Shreyas Iyer (@ShreyasIyer15) September 21, 2020
Delhi Capitals will now lock horns against David Warner-led Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium of Abu Dhabi on September 29 from 7:30 PM (IST) onwards.